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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Swailem S. Hennein, Ph.D.(University of Illinois at Chicago)
Description: This book reports on multidisciplinary research work exploring the interaction between urban ecology and human biology and health.
Purpose: Its purpose is to explore and help define for further scientific effort a very important phenomenon of our times, to understand the dynamics of urbanization/urbanism and its impact on human physical development and well-being.
Audience: The target audience includes professionals and students of health sciences, urban sociologists, anthropologists, engineers, geographers, economists, and policymakers.
Features: Features include relevant data presentations and analysis, challenging questions and issues, bibliographic lists, and an adequate index. Helpful black-and-white llustrations are included.
Assessment: This is an 18-chapter book to which 43 professionals belonging to almost as many fields of scholarship contributed. It represents some of their best efforts to a field of research that is still tenuous, thus leaving the inquisitive reader with more questions unanswered than answered. Thus the quest for better understanding of the interaction between ecology and biology continues. In this sense, it is a valuable production as the exploration continues for many years to come.